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Poster: unclejohnnyd Date: Sep 24, 2006 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Fever Pitch

Has anyone seen the movie with Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore called " Fever Pitch" yeah it's a romantic comedy but not entirely a chick flick. It's about this guy who has a lifelong obsession with the Boston Red Socks. So much so his life revolves around it and it affects his personal relationships. I thought of someone else here making the comparison between Baseball and Deadheads and I though of some parellels with my own feelings. I saw every Dead show in the Bay Area ( including Cal Expo and Shoreline ) between 9/89 and 2/91 ( then I moved )with the exception of two. Those two are burned in my memory as I had such a huge sense of dread and emptiness knowing what was going on without me being there. Even worse was finding out that I COULD have scored a ticket to one of them if I had went anyway ( New Years 90-91 ). I didn't go because the prospect of hanging outside with all that magic going on inside was too much for me to handle. Is there anyone else who can relate?

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Poster: amosearle Date: Sep 24, 2006 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fever Pitch

I know the feeling when there's a show and other things prevent being there. Most of the ones I've missed have been for either work (a job I wanted) or due to poverty (I didn't need a miracle, just 25 bucks). I did lose a job in '85 after calling in sick to go downtown in Atlanta to get tickets for the Fox theater shows. I made the right choice.

Re: Fever Pitch - the original movie is much better than than the Americanized version, as is usually the case. LaFemme Nikita vs. No Way Out would be another example of how lame the Americanized version is vs. the original.

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Poster: unclejohnnyd Date: Sep 24, 2006 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fever Pitch

What was the original one? and do you see the parallels with that guy? I mean the scene where he missed the Red Soxs coming back 8 runs in the 9th inning? I could feel it ya know?

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 24, 2006 2:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fever Pitch

Being both an obsessive Red Sox fan (2004 will forever be a golden memory for me) and a long time Dead Head I can definitely see the comparisons.

Funny thing about Fever Pitch is that it's actually based on a book about soccer written by Nick Hornby (High fidelity; another great book and movie; although real Red Soxfans didn't think much of the Jimmy Fallon film)...

anyway the book fever pitch is really worth a read--it's about Hornby himself being an insane fan of the Arsenal soccer club in England, which, like the Red Sox, had been a team that always lost in a heartbreaking fashion...(finally, they win, and he's rewarded for his loyalty, much as Sox fans were in 2004, having finally won it all and vanquishing their hated rivals the Yankees in the process.)

I always found parallels in following the Dead with following baseball--you're devoted to your team (The Dead); you try to see them as much as you can, certainly when they're in your home town (like you saw them in CA.); you try to see them as much on the road as you can, although that's more difficult; they don't always play well, but when they do, it's an incredible, joyous thrill.

Definite comparisons can be drawn!

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Sep 25, 2006 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fever Pitch

I wrote a song called "Boston" after playing some shows there in 2003, I'd like to share the third verse with you all:

"I saw a Bruin with a Celtic smile and it shown on me the same
Turned by Red Socks bright to Tie Dye from those Boston Garden Dead head Daze...Boston don't delay...